29 Smelters Go Conflict Free, More Help from Aerospace Companies Needed

From Enough blogs Tue Dec 11 2012, 13:42:25

Last week, the electronics industry updated its list of audited conflict-free smelters to 29. This is up from 11 smelters in the Conflict-Free Smelter program, or CFS, at the start of 2012-nearly tripling the size of the program over the past year. The smelters were audited by independent auditors chosen by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition-Global-eSustainability Initiative, or EICC-GeSI, Audit Review Committee, which includes HP, Motorola Solutions, a non-industry academic, and a handful of other companies.

This is a particularly important topic, because smelters are the key chokepoint in the conflict minerals supply chain, with only 151 main smelters worldwide, according to EICC-GeSI. Smelters know where their minerals come from, so having conflict-free smelters is critical to ensuring that we as consumers can buy conflict-free products.

Getting to 29 marks tremendous progress, as only a handful of smelters had been audited by this time last year. Of particular significance, smelters outside the tantalum industry are getting audited-there are now 11 compliant gold refiners and three compliant tin smelters. This is important, because those industries do not have as many customers in the electronics sector, meaning that the word about going conflict-free is spreading to many industries.

But there is still much work to be done: no tungsten smelters have been audited, and more than a dozen more tin smelters are needed to gain a critical mass in that sector. To make this happen, the aerospace industry, a huge user of tungsten and tin products, can play a bigger role. For example, tungsten is used in blades of airplanes. In particular, aerospace companies such as Boeing or Lockheed Martin should signal to their suppliers that they should only be sourcing from conflict-free smelters. Apple, Philips, HP, and a handful of companies have already set this policy in place, but it would make a big ...

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